RAILWAY BUDGET

Punctuality, Female Safety, Speed Enhancement Priorities,

NAV ARJAN (New Revenue) NAV MANAK (New Norms), NAV SANRACHNA PILLARS (New Structure)

Nothing for Rail Workers or Their Family - Sidhu

New Delhi – February 25: Union Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu presented Railway Budget for the year 2016-17 in the Parliament. The theme of the Budget was “Over Coming Challanges, Reorganise, restructure, rejuvenate Indian Railways, “Chalo Milkar Kuch Naya Karen” Mr. Prabhu said that the budget reflects the aspiration of each and every member of Railway family, aspiration of common citizen. The budget was fashioned by a creative partnership with ideas from all stake holders. He added that his core objective was to improve the quality of customer experienced at the individual level, become an engine of employment generation and economic growth at the national level and convert India’s largest institution into a template for transformation. This budget will document a journey of transformation.  The journey of our nation by touching millions of human lives daily – said the Railway Minister. The Minister has proposed organizational restructuring, Mission Zero Accident, Mission 25 Tonne, Mission Raftar, Mission PACE, Mission Hundred, Mission Beyond Book Keeping, Mission Capacity Utilization.

HIGH LIGHTS OF THE RAIL BUDGET 2016-17:

  • Commissioning of 28 Km of Track
  • Commissioning Broad Gauge Line @ over 7 Km per day as against an average of 4.3 Km per day in the last 6 years
  • It may increase to 13 Km per day in 2017-18 and 19 Km per day in 2018-19.
  • Will generate employment of about 9 Crore man days in 2017-18 and 14 Crore man days in 2018-19
  • Outlay for Railway electrification increased in 2016-17 by almost 50% target to electrify 2000
  • CCTV on 111 stations
  • No increase in passenger fare, freight fare may be reducded
  • 33% reservation for ladies, in all classes ladies compartment in middle of the train
  • New helpline 182 introduced
  • 10% increase in income aimed.
  • PPP model to develop 400 stations with an approximate outlay of Rs.27269 Crore
  • 7th CPC recommendations impact during Financial year 2017 – Rs.21,000 Crore
  • 2500 water vending machines, Mahamana Express to be introduced with modern, refurnished coaches
  • 1700  Bio-toilets in trains, world’s first Bio Vacuum Toilet developed 
  • Generating 65000 additional berths to make travel comfortable
  • Work on Katra Bamhal Section of Udhampur Srinagar – Baramula Rail link project progressing satisfactorily. 35 Kms of Tunnelling out of total 95 Kms completed
  • Lumding – Silchar B.G., Section in Assam opened. Agartala brought on to B.G. network. Mizoram  and Manipur shortly to come
  • Wi-fi provided in 100 stations to be provided in 400 more
  • Ayodaya Express unreserved, Superfast service
  • Deen Dayal Coaches – Unreserved coaches with portable water and high number of charging points
  • Ham Safar – Fully air conditioned 3rd A/C service with optional service of meal
  • Tejas will operate at 130 Kms per Hour will offer on Board services such as entertainment, local cuisine, wi-fi etc through one service provider
  • Uday – Overnight double Decker, upright; Double Decker Air conditioned yatri Express introduced with 40% increases carrying capacity
    • Cleaning Coach Service through SMS
    • Optional travel insurance for rail passenger
    • Land along Railway Tracks to be given out for horticulture, tree plantation and solar projects
    • Auto Hub at Chennai
    • Loss from passenger services in current year Rs.34030 Crore
    • Rs.45,000 Crore support from Budget
    • Operating ratio for coming year 2016-17 will be 92% barely 2% higher than the current years 90%
    • More Port connectivity projects
    • 3 more freight corridors.
    • 90 new project involving total investment of Rs.1.26 lakh crore

Commenting on the Budget Ex-Railway Ministers S/Shri Laloo Prasad Yadav, Nitish Kumar, Pawan Bansal and others said that there was nothing new in the Budget. It seems to be an attempt to bring private players in the largest public sector industry.

Comrade Harbhajan Singh Sidhu, General Secretary, Hind Mazdoor Sabha while commenting on Rail Budget said that there is nothing for lakh of Railway workers and their family in the Railway Budget. He said too much barrowing will be very harmful to Railways in the long run.

 

 

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